Set at the gateway to the Cotswolds' Cheltenham offers easy access to some of the Cotswold's most beautiful countryside, delightful towns and villages and to national attractions such as Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Chedworth Roman Villa and Painswick Rococo Garden near Stroud.
Cheltenham's parks include Imperial Gardens, Pittville Park with its boating lake and picturesque stone bridges, Montpellier Gardens and The Long Garden on the west side of The Promenade, home to Neptune's Fountain.
The Promenade is home to a number of High Street names and to Cavendish House, a department store dating back to 1823. Regent Arcade Shopping Centre features the bubble blowing Wishing Fish Clock. The Brewery offers shops, restaurants, a fitness centre and cinema and The High Street is home to The Beechwood Shopping Centre, Debenhams and a Shop Mobility scheme.
Bath Road, often referred to as Cheltenham's Notting Hill offers an excellent selection of shops, selling everything from fresh produce, meat and fish to art and gifts. The Bath Road Market, a treasure trove of vintage clothes, shabby chic home accessories, jewellery, crafts, gifts and flowers, boasts 'shopping as it should be'.
Cheltenham has several supermarkets including Waitrose and there's a Farmers' Market held on The Promenade twice a month.
The Everyman Theatre provides a venue for Cheltenham's Literature, Science, Music, Folk and Jazz Festivals. The Playhouse Theatre, The Pittville Pump Room, The Bacon Theatre and the Town Hall also host numerous events.
Cheltenham hosts an art gallery, library and museum. The Holst Birthplace Museum, founded in 1974 by the composer's daughter, provides an opportunity to view Holst's piano, pictures, books, letters and manuscripts.
Cheltenham's Leisure Centre has three pools and a spa. There are golf courses at Lilley Brook and at The Cotswold Hills Golf Club and Cheltenham is also home to the East Gloucestershire Tennis, Squash and Women's Hockey Clubs as well as croquet and bowls clubs. Cheltenham Festival being one of the most prestigious events in the National Hunt Racing calendar.
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